Coastal Texas Protection & Restoration Feasibility Study

The Galveston District and the General Land Office study team (Team) is preparing a comprehensive plan to reduce risks in coastal Texas counties. A Draft Integrated Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement was published in October 2018 and described the plan formulation process to identify the “Tentatively Selected Plan” for Ecosystem Restoration and Coastal Storm Risk Management.

Following publication, the Team refined the plan in several ways:

  • To combine the ecosystem restoration and risk reduction plans to achieve study goals in a cost-effective manner, and
  • To address public, technical and policy comments received on the Draft Report.

The Draft Report accessible through the link on this page is the summary of the two evaluation processes to identify the National Ecosystem Restoration plan and the Coastal Storm Risk Management Plan. The Fact Sheets accessible through this page provide interim updates on the plan refinements to project features and alignments that have been made in response to public, technical and policy comments received on the Draft Report.

View and download the most recent Study Information Tools below:

About Storm Surge Modeling
About the GLO's Community Work Groups
About the Study Process
Beach and Dune Systems
Ecosystem Restoration
Environmental Impacts
Galveston Ring Barrier
Nothing But the Facts
Proposed Surge Barrier Fact Sheet
Proposed Upper Texas Coast Protection Plan
Study Overview
What is a Locally Preferred Plan

About the Study

In November 2015, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the Texas General Land Office, began an examination of the feasibility of constructing project features for coastal storm risk management and ecosystem restoration along the Texas coast.

The Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Feasibility Study, or Coastal Texas Study, involves engineering, economic, and environmental analyses for large-scale projects, which may be considered by Congress for authorization and funding. The recommendations outlined in the Coastal Texas Study will enhance resiliency in coastal communities and improve our capabilities to prepare for, resist, recover and adapt to coastal hazards. Formal public meetings for the study were hosted in fall 2018, and – since this time – the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office have been working together to refine the study based on public comments received at these meetings. Additional public open houses were held in February 2020 to provide the public with updates regarding the study process and findings.

Following a second public review and comment period in fall 2020 (which will include formal public meetings led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the General Land Office), the feasibility study and report will be complete in 2021.  The Coastal Texas Study recommendations will enhance resiliency in coastal communities and improve our capabilities to prepare for, resist, recover, and adapt to coastal hazards.

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Coastal Storm Risk Management

Develop and evaluate coastal storm risk management solutions to reduce the damage from tropical storms and hurricanes incurred by coastal communities and industries.

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Ecosystem Restoration

Increase the net quality and quantity of coastal ecosystem resources by maintaining, protecting and restoring coastal Texas ecosystems, and fish and wildlife habitat.

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Environmental Impact Analyses

An environmental impact statement will be completed under the procedures of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).